Curriculum

The Academy curriculum seeks to meet the learning needs of students so that they may fulfil their potential whilst offering them preparation for adult life in modern Britain. The Academy endorses the principle of access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum where British values are promoted and providing equal opportunities for all students. To this end, the curriculum should present relevant opportunities for students to develop personal values and a wide range of knowledge and skills. The participation of students, irrespective of ability and starting point within and beyond the classroom is highly valued. Importance is placed on the guidance and counselling of students as they progress through the curriculum and Academy life.

At the Academy we operate on a one-week timetable where students are taught 5 one-hour lessons per day. In addition the tutorial programme develops curriculum links as well as developing resilient and aspirational learners.

The curriculum should;

  • Encourage creativity
  • Promote and model behaviours fit for successful 21st century living
  • Instil lifelong learning habits
  • Promote critical thinking skills
  • Inspire and excite young people
  • Increase the relevance of the learning
  • Create incentives to take part and excel
  • Allow all students and community alike to experience and demonstrate success

 Key Stage 3 (Year 7 – 8)

Students develop skills and knowledge in a Key Stage 3 curriculum model which includes the following areas;

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • A modern foreign language
  • History
  • Geography
  • ICT
  • Art
  • Physical Education
  • Performing Arts (Drama)
  • Performing Arts (Music)
  • Food Technology
  • Product Design/Graphics
  • Citizenship
  • Health
  • Religious Studies

The essential curriculum, which develops student’s skills in areas such as:

  • Writing
  • Literacy
  • Communication
  • Thinking Skills
  • Numeracy
  • Self-esteem
  • Resilience
  • Careers-related learning
  • Social interaction

 Key Stage 4 (Year 9 – 11)

Students develop skills and knowledge in a Key Stage 4 curriculum model which includes the following compulsory areas;

  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Core Science and Additional Science
  • A modern foreign language, or History or Geography or Computer Science

Students also develop skills and knowledge in any of the following three optional areas;

  • A modern foreign language*
  • History*
  • Geography*
  • Computer Science*
  • Media Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Product Design
  • Child Development
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Further Additional Science
  • Business Studies
  • Performing Arts (Drama)
  • Performing Arts (Music)
  • Food Technology
  • Health and Social Care
  • Graphic Products
  • ASDAN

In addition students will study a GCSE in both Religious Studies and ICT as part of their core provision.

* Students may opt for these if they have not already done so as part of the compulsory curriculum.

Alternative curriculum arrangements are provided for students whose needs do not suit the mainstream model.

Key Stage 5 (Year 12 – 13)

Within the Sixth Form students can achieve BTEC National Diplomas in our specialist subjects Health and Sports Science at level 3, an Early Years CACHE qualification at level 2; Diploma in Child Care and Education and a level 2 First Diploma in Sport.

"The quality of teaching overall is good and some is outstanding." Ofsted 2015